What will technology look like in 2020?

When it comes to information technology, we’ve come a long way in the past decade. Back in 2001, the Pentium 4 and Rambus memory were the latest and greatest technologies. Not many people would’ve predicted that smartphones and tablets would be commonplace not ten years later. But what’s IT going to look like in the year 2020?

That’s the question that HP wants answered and is enlisting the opinions of everyone on the Internet to help “crowdsource” the answer. The project is called “Enterprise 20/20,” and the goal is to try and figure out what the future holds. The initiative originated at HP Discover in Las Vegas and will initially conclude at HP Discover in Frankfurt this December, although feedback will continue to be taken even after the conference ends. The goal is to create five individual chapters that ask five different questions and then release the results in an e-book at HP Discover in Frankfurt.

The five topics are as follows:

  1. What will the CIO position look like in 2020?
  2. What will the technology supply chain look like in 2020?
  3. How will marketing become more data driven?
  4. Will companies still have their own data centers in 2020?
  5. How will employees be different in 2020?

The last chapter is one of the more interesting ones for Neowin readers, and indeed has been the most popular topic for HP since the project launched. A few years ago it was unheard of for employees to use their own devices on the corporate network, but today Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiatives are fairly common. In 2020, will employees even have a desk? Will corporations be responsible for purchasing any employee hardware? Where do the lines between work and personal time separate?

If you want to share your opinions, be sure to head over to HP’s site and register, post, or tweet (with hashtag #enterprise2020). Top contributors will be eligible to win $5000 and a trip to HP Discover in Las Vegas next year.

Overall this is an exciting project and we can’t wait to see the overall result when it’s finished.

Source: HP Enterprise 20/20

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